Dr. Linda Jones is a globally recognized expert in the field of women’s empowerment and gender equality in international development programs with a focus on inclusive markets and financial systems. Linda is Sr. Director of Global programs at MEDA, and has also held senior positions at the Aga Khan Foundation in Geneva, the Coady International Institute, and Open Text Corporation. As a consultant, Linda has advised on a wide range of bilateral, multilateral and non-governmental development programs, with extensive experience conducting field research, building the capacity of program teams, and training policy makers and practitioners through recognized institutions. Linda has contributed to building the international development field in key areas such as: co-founding and chairing the Canadian Forum for Impact Investment and Development; serving as a board member and chair of the SEEP Network (DC); advising the Eurasia Foundation on women’s enterprise development; publishing extensively from articles in peer-reviewed journal to books and reports; and serving as editor of the Enterprise Development and Microfinance Journal. Linda holds a Master’s and Ph.D. in Anthropology and Linguistics from McMaster University where she received numerous awards for academic excellence.